Listening to Tom Sawyer

I just finished reading Mark Twain's, Tom Sawyer to my daughters at bedtime tonight.  It took us a few months to finish it, mainly because it was so good, we read it slowly.  Tom, Huck, Aunt Polly, Becky, Injun Joe, and all the other colorful characters of St. Petersburg, Missouri have created the greatest celebration … Continue reading Listening to Tom Sawyer

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Patanjali, Legos, and Cooperative Fighting

"Understanding that is based on untruth is imaginary." -Patanjali Most of the issues that cause upset in our classroom are caused from lack of awareness of others or one's own self or from  misunderstanding.  "Maturity" as defined by Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda), author of Education for Life, is the ability to understand realities outside one's own. … Continue reading Patanjali, Legos, and Cooperative Fighting

Lightly I Walk

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." Albert Einstein   It was also Albert Einstein who said, "The only source of knowledge is experience."  For part of our unit on Native Americans, we spend time each week in our 'secret' spot in the woods where we … Continue reading Lightly I Walk

Hands on!

Here we are learning about states of matter: gases.  We were trapping ping pong balls in a glass and submerging the glass in water to show that the air is also trapped in the glass and keeps the water from entering the glass.  The ping pong ball is pushed down by the air in the … Continue reading Hands on!

The Proof IS the Pudding

"The greatest of all happiness, next to divine happiness, is to be at peace with one's immediate relations those with whom one must live every day in the year.  When people try to handle the extremely complicated machinery of human feelings without any training whatsoever, the results are disastrous.  Very few persons realize that most … Continue reading The Proof IS the Pudding

Expanding in Cooperation

"Joy will come to anyone whose heart has learned to fly!" -Swami Kriyananda WOW!  Today was amazing... let me just tell you all about it while it's still fresh... In the morning, before the boys arrived, I put a 40 large piece Solar System puzzle on the floor.  The first two boys arrived and, after … Continue reading Expanding in Cooperation

Let People Live in Your Heart

"Your capacity to influence the world on the level of consciousness is limitless. Work on that level. In every circumstance of your life, work with the right consciousness."  -Asha Praver This is an inspiring video from a teacher in Japan who is working with children from the same level of consciousness as Education for Life … Continue reading Let People Live in Your Heart